WHAT IT MEANS: Nothing. It's a preseason game. The Knicks did beat the Nets, 92-83, in what was a very sloppy affair on Saturday afternoon at the Prudential Center, the kind of sloppy affair you'd expect from two teams that haven't played a competitive NBA contest in ages. Time will tell when teams actually begin to jell together. That time isn't now. The Nets turned the ball over 25 times.
D-WILL: Despite playing 15 games in Turkey during the lockout, Deron Williams looked a bit out of sorts. The superstar point guard missed five of his first six shots, and finished with nine points, six assists and six turnovers on 4-for-12 shooting -- including 1-for-5 from 3-point range -- in 27 minutes. Williams did play off the ball at times, coming off screens with Jordan Farmar on the court to man the point.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE MACHINE?: Brook Lopez asserted himself both offensively and defensively. The 23-year-old center finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks in 33 minutes. He also got to the free throw line 10 times. Lopez averaged just six boards per game last season, but coach Avery Johnson said he’s looked much better rebounding in practice, and it showed.
DEBUTANT: Rookie MarShon Brooks registered 10 points in his Nets’ debut. Brooks knocked down three fadeaway jumpers, but also committed three turnovers and still has a long way to go defensively.
PLEASANT SURPRISES: Damion James was aggressive offensively and played very admirable defense on Carmelo Anthony, limiting him to 7-for-15 shooting. D-Leaguer Dennis Horner also impressed. Horner stuffed Jared Jeffries in the fourth quarter, much to the delight of the partisan-Knicks crowd.
STAT LINE OF THE AFTERNOON: It took just 3 minutes and 3 seconds for Johan Petro to amass three first-quarter fouls.
DANG FLU: Free-agent signee Shawne Williams missed the game due to flu-like symptoms. He was being evaluated by doctors and Johnson hopes he’ll be able to practice on Saturday.
UP NEXT: Nets at Knicks, Wednesday night, 7:30 p.m.